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7 more paramilitary units allotted to help Ahmedabad enforce containment, lockdown

State police chief Shivanand Jha on Wednesday said that seven more paramilitary units have been allotted to Ahmedabad by the Centre to help in strict enforcement of the lockdown. Ahmedabad now has a total of 38 companies of state police and various paramilitary forces. At a routine briefing, Jha said that the Centre has allotted...

Maruti opens 600 dealerships across India, begins home delivery of cars

Maruti Suzuki, the largest carmaker in the country has re-opened 600 dealerships that had been closed due to the coronavirus and the resultant lockdown. It has also started home-delivery of vehicles. The automaker has also set up a digital infrastructure to allow for potential customers to buy cars, media reports said. A news agency quoted...

Dy municipal commissioner RA Mehta under quarantine after driver tests positive

Ahmedabad deputy municipal commissioner South Zone RA Mehta has been quarantined after his driver tested positive for Covid19 in the city. Earlier AMC commissioner Vijay Nehra had gone for self quarantine at his home after he came in touch with two people who had tested positive. Later in the day in-charge municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar...

What after May 17? Sonia Gandhi asks Centre about plan post lockdown

“What after May 17?” Sonia Gandhi has asked the Centre following a meeting held with chief ministers of state where Congress is in power. The Congress president wanted to know how the Centre planned to move ahead after the third phase of lockdown came to an end on May 17. She also questioned the government...

Travel from Surat to Saurashtra, other parts of Guj allowed but only by bus

Minister Ganpat Vasava on Tuesday said that the state will allow travel of migrants from Surat to other districts in Saurashtra and North Gujarat. The decision comes following a meeting at the Surat district collector office. Those intending to travel will have to file an application online and initial permission to ferry passengers has been...

Young lovers in Odhav take flight despite strict lockdown in city

Love they say trumps all- even the strict lockdown in place in the city. A case of two young lovers eloping has raised questions on the efficacy of the strict lockdown in place in the city. A case of kidnapping has been registered against a youth in the Odhav police station after he eloped with...

Indians stuck abroad will be brought back in phased manner from May 7 onwards: Centre

Indians who have been stranded abroad after the travel restrictions came into place following the Covid19 pandemic outbreak will be brought back to the country in a phased manner. The process for the same will begin from May 7 onwards, the government said in a release. The stranded people will be brought back by flight...

Sonia Gandhi slams Centre on migrants, says Cong will pay for their travel

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a letter has severely criticised the Centre’s inability to pay for the travel of migrants who are scrambling to get home. Gandhi questioned how a government that could spend Rs 100 crore on one event in Gujarat during the Trump visit and the Railways that donated Rs151 crore to the...

Man held in MP for making liquor from sanitizer

Call it an act of desperation or jugaad at work, a man in Madhya Pradesh got so desperate for a peg that he attempted to make liquor from hand sanitizers. His attempts at reverse engineering were cut short after the police came knocking on his doors. The man identified as Indal Singh Rajput was arrested...

Industry can open shop in Junagadh, Jamnagar; no relaxation for A’bad, Surat Vadodara

Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar which have recorded some of the highest Covid19 cases in Gujarat will not get any relaxation of any sort for the next two weeks when the lockdown is in force. The Gujarat government on Sunday in an online briefing made several announcements about the relaxation of lockdowns and business...

Maninagar under containment, number of red zone rise to 10 in city

Maninagar has joined the list of red zones in the city after the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) declared it as a containment zone. AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra during his routine briefing on the Covid19 status in the city said that 10 officers have been appointed to look after each of the containment zones. An area...

Less sex during lockdown affecting condom sales

The Covid19 lockdown may have allowed you to spend more time with your loved ones. But it isn’t really leading to more intimacy among couples, at least not in the United Kingdom. A news daily in the UK said that sale of condoms was on the decline during the lockdown. The daily quoted Reckitt Benckiser,...